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The Hierarchy of Behavior-Change Procedures explained
In a recent dvm360® interview, Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC, provided detailed insight on the Hierarchy of Behavior-Change Procedures and its benefits for patients.
During an interview at the Fetch dvm360® San Diego conference, Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC, lead clinician and practice owner of Animal Behavior Clinic located in Portland, Oregon, outlined the Hierarchy of Behavior-Change Procedures and how this construct can be applied in the behavioral realm of veterinary medicine.
View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.
Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC: The hierarchy of behavior change is something that is a construct that allows us to create behavior change plans. It was developed, and promoted by a colleague of mine, Dr Susan Friedman. What I love about this particular structure is that it first starts with meeting the animal's needs. So looking at their physical environment, looking at their nutritional needs, looking at their overall health and saying, 'Do we have an animal who we can expect to behave in a particular way? Or are there other influences either environmental or physiological that may influence their behavior?' And so, I'm looking at those things first.